Serenity In Shanghai: A Diasporic Afterthought

It’s a pretty picture of stalls. The filter really helps.

It’s been eight years since I went back to Shanghai. It was as if time stopped and rewind itself back to 2010.

To the West, China is the semi-Orwellian superstate that has a knack for intense control over information. It presumed (by the West) that China’s tantalising soft influence will inevitably push their “tyrannical” agenda onto Australian politicians and brainwash them into puppets of their unworldly agenda. An impending superpower- in-training who is destined to surpass the US one day and strikes fear into the West. The list of idiosyncratic allegations goes on. Despite the West’s exaggerated portrayal of China in the media, it was the homeland of my birth givers, by default my home too.

Several events followed since my last visit in 2010; I’ve graduated from high school, got accepted into my dream course, Journalism at University of Canberra, got my first taste of emancipation and lived independently for a year, decided transfer back to Sydney, covered multiple events for Star Central Magazine, worked for the United Nations as an media assistant, became a “weeaboo” when I worked as the Public Relations and Community assistant at SMASH!, had multiple different part-time jobs to support my way through University–all them were short-lived, went to Mongolia for a Journalism placement and finally, I graduated with BMedia from UNSW.

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Yell-oh! TV: A New Network By Phoenix Eye

Note: Thought I start posting my past articles from Star central magazine since I’m in 2020 quarantine.

Originally published on 28th July 2018 in the Star Central Magazine.

If Wong Fu Productions magically becomes Australian, then Yell-oh! TV would be its incarnation. On the 28th July at the Fairfield School of Arts, Phoenix Eye celebrates their first year anniversary and launches their new magazine-esque channel, Yell-oh! TV, which consisted of film content, ranging from short-form documentaries, comedic skits, panel discussions and mind-boggling animations etc.

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When the Brush paints Oceania


Originally posted the 15 December 2017 on Star Central Magazine 

The paint and the brush came together and illustrated a beautiful picture called the Oceania Women Opera, with recurring strokes of faith, heritage and music. Donina Va’a, Project Director/Lead Executive Pacific Women’s Professional Business Network INC and Maestro Iglese Ete, an esteemed composer, the said paint and brush, were the geniuses behind showcase on 30th November, held at the Chatswood Concourse. Amongst the bumbling audience were the Crown Group, which are the event’s primary sponsors, Lindt, Cerrone, Bite Size and Crunch Fitness.

The Oceania Women’s Opera is a tribute to two important academics, the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa and the late Teresia Teaiwa, whose research in Pacific Islander culture is ground-breaking. Continue reading “When the Brush paints Oceania”

Pacific International Runaway 2017

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A Star Central Magazine Original Article 

“Witness the Movement,” is the tagline to the Pacific International Runaway. Those compelling yet straightforward three words encapsulate the importance of diversity, in the name of fashion. On the 21st October 2017, the movement has indeed sprung up again, bigger than ever, as it was held at the prestigious venue, the Star, Sydney. Amongst the many attendees that came to the event were notable Pacific Islander VIPs which include; Selena Short, CEO of Crunch Fitness, Caleb Jarvis of Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade InvestAus and Her Excellency Hinauri Petana (High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia.), etc. Continue reading “Pacific International Runaway 2017”

Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.

Photo Credit: Stars of the Arias: Vance Joy, Vera Blue and Isaiah

Award ceremonies are known for acknowledging an artist’s achievement, but it also a vehicle for change and bold political statements. This year at the Arias we see multiculturalism being embraced, diversity celebrated, blood sweat and tears rewarded. It was a chaotic day on November 30th, 2017.  The likes of Australian music royalty such as; PNAU, Amy Shark, AB Original, Dan, Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Illy, Flume and Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Vance Joy,  graced the red carpet with their glittering and flamboyant presence.  It’s Star Central Magazine’s first coverage of the Arias. Continue reading “Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.”